LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s home game versus Oakland, coach John Fox said on Friday.
The Bears listed Cutler as being a limited participant in practice the entire week, but the veteran quarterback split practice reps with backup Jimmy Clausen.
Fox will hold a final walkthrough practice on Saturday before deciding Cutler’s fate for Week 4. Cutler did not re-injure the hamstring on the practice field this week, which is encouraging news.
“[We] just [need to see] whether he’s healthy or not,’ Fox said. “As I mentioned yesterday, last week, every week is they’re cleared to play medically, we’ll have them out there.”
Fox declared left tackle Jermon Bushrod out due to a concussion/shoulder injury, meaning reserve offensive tackle Charles Leno is in line to start. Leno started one game as a sixth eligible last year as a rookie.
“Skillset-wise, I think he’s probably more adaptable to the left side than the right side,” Fox said. “I think it’s a huge opportunity for him, and we’re all excited and anxious to see how he performs.”
In addition to Cutler, six other players are questionable to face the Raiders: wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), defensive end Ego Ferguson (knee), defensive lineman Will Sutton (elbow), cornerback Alan Ball (groin),punter Pat O'Donnell (knee) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.
Jeffery is not expected to be active on Sunday, according to a league source. The former Pro Bowl receiver may return next week at Kansas City.
O’Donnell missed practice on Wednesday, which forced the Bears to workout free agent punters Spencer Lanning and Steve Weatherford on Thursday morning, but Lanning and Weatherford left without signing contracts.